So I’m supposed to be studying for my French final, but instead I decided to check all of my emails and came across a slew of ignorant tweets from someone who will remain anonymous. This person attempted to correct himself, but in my mind the damage was already done. Read the tweets from bottom up.
I replied with the following tweets (This is me being nice btw)
The disturbing thing about this whole exchange is I feel that this man was trying to be progressive and present himself as a conscious being. I believe considering the way that mass media images play a role in and are a problem for women and, specifically, the Black community is an important conversation; However, what he got out of it was all WRONG! He even attempts to show his admiration? sympathy? settling? for women with natural hair. I’m not sure what to make of this but this is actually really bothering me. What do you guys think?
AMAZING response by Nabil Abdul Rashid to David Starky’s outrageous claims concerning Black people and the London riots. A MUST WATCH!
Alexis Marie speaking at Times Square during an #OccupyWallstreet protest. The sign reads “13% of the population (Black people) have always known how fucked up the system is, 86% just learned this… together we are the 99%”
Any ideas about this and the stigma attached to tattooed individuals? More specifically, the stigma attached to Black tattooed individuals. I’ve been reading on body art and having conversations with people and one of the most interesting discussions I’ve engaged in is one in which the topic of white people’s body art being regarded as such: art, while Black people with tattoos aren’t looked at as participating in this artistry, but instead are looked at as degenerates and criminals. Should that be something that holds me back?
Even if you can’t donate monetarily, spreading the word is a donation in and of itself!
Hello. My name is Alexis Marie Wint. I am 19 years old and in my junior year at Bard college at Simon’s Rock nearly on a full scholarship. I have maintained a 3.92 gpa and I am lucky enough to have gotten accepted to go to Manchester, England, for a semester on a study abroad program. I want to change the world, but I don’t want education funding to get in my way.
I will be researching a thesis and will write a collection of short stories, titled “Black Girl Abroad.” The focus is on experiences of today, and how people all over the world learn about and perceive the lived experiences of African-American people. The characters for each of the short stories will grow out of my observations and interactions while studying abroad at the University of Manchester. I am holding down three jobs at Simon’s Rock right now and have leadership positions in two clubs; I plan on becoming a University Professor when I finish. It’s not an exciting startup, but I am a driven young person, and I think you’d be proud to have me eventually teach your children. As you can see by the attached link and biography in the lower right hand corner of the page, I have a uniquely positive perspective, grounded in shared everyday experiences of black-descended people all over the world. As we work to become a more global society, I firmly believe that it is this type of very grounded but vividly image-driven story that will help to knit all cultures together in a global understanding. Thank you for helping me pursue my dream and enrich the world.
Please find it in your heart to give the gift of education this holiday season! Only 10 more days are left for my Kickstarter fundraiser and I have 33% more of the way to go. EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS! Even if you cannot donate monetarily, spreading the word is a donation in and of itself.
*In British accent* She’s got a Macy Gray Afro! MACY GRAY! MAAAAACCCYYYY GRRRRAAAAAYYYYY!
Three guys pointing and talking about me very loudly while walking down the street in Manchester, England. Funny, in America I always get Jill Scott :-)
Watching this video actually made me emotional. I have personally experienced this. I’ve never had anyone come to my rescue. For those that haven’t experienced it, I really can not convey how horribly it feels to be seen and treated as a criminal for simply being black.
“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” ~Martin Luther King Jr
You know what gets to me? (Besides the fact that this brings up all kinds of unpleasant memories.) The fact of this series itself. The fact that, over and over, ABC makes loot creating scripted scenarios of real, terrible encounters - on some “we’re proving that this exists” type ish - in a way that makes it appear like they’re being educators who are enlightening their viewing audience.
Except, I don’t buy it. Not even a little. I don’t buy that the folks who were confronted after not doing anything (ugh, that “black card” guy) learned anything. I’m not looking at the white people who did get angry as heroes for having basic levels of empathy. I don’t buy that viewers, sitting comfortably at home or wherever, go out into the world and do that much better after seeing stuff like this. And real talk? There is something really fucking unsettling about putting the pain of people of color on display to tell white people that they shouldn’t be racists. Decent human beings aren’t supposed to need shit this blatant in front of them to recognize other people’s humanity. And the pain I experience from racism is not an experiment. It’s not meant to educate. It’s just not supposed to fucking happen, period.
The training for that starts way earlier than the age range these segments target. And it’s work that’s a hell of a lot less comfortable.
I had to reblog this entire thing just for the above comment.
Do you hear me? You are telling TRUTHS right now.
REBLOG FOR COMMENTARY!!!!!!
uhm, no fuck that. this is important. ALL THROUGHOUT MODERN HISTORY oppressed people have needed the media to depict their truth. THIS HELPS. You all act like you’ve never heard white people saying that this shit “doesn’t actually happen” and the fact of the matter is that it absolutely does happen. And it’s not ok to just stand aside, because those of us who have studied psychology understand the way group thought works “someone else will do something.” well guess the fuck what? This proves that if you don’t do something, someone else probably won’t so you should fucking do something -.- And fuck yes, it helps that the popular media is trying to depict that. I applaud ABC.
Reblog again for commentary! (Bolded for emphasis). I think this is a very important conversation that is happening here beneath this video and I understand and feel on both sides. This may sound really stupid and overly sensitive of me but in all honesty I cannot watch this show without crying. I cry because this isn’t just some experiment where John Quinones pops out and everyone releases sighs of relief and continues on with their shopping; for me this is real life. These are things that I have experienced, that my mother, my sisters, my brothers, my friends, MY PEOPLE go through EVERY DAY.
I do think that this show does some service in exposing and bringing to light the fact that discrimination and racism are alive and well (who would have known otherwise?!?).
But who is this message for and who is it serving? It damn sure aint me! I know this shit already, because I live it. So the target audience is obviously the majority that do not experience such discrimination and racism:therein, I believe, lies the problem.
The fact of the matter is that at the end of the day this was intended for entertainment purposes. I cry for this Black woman who, actress or not, had to step into the situation and feel the very real emotions of embarrassment, ridicule, and dehumanization (amongst others) for the entertainment of white people. It’s like when that school teacher made her students pretend to be standing on an auction block while their white classmates opened their mouths, inspected their bodies and acted out the auction: all for the purpose of “education”. I’m not with that shit. White people want to be educated on discrimination and racism? Read a fucking book, do not ask us to perform for you, to relive the trauma for you to see. We are not your play things!
Why is it that so often times when people talk about Natural Hair what they really mean is Afros, locs and other styles often get absentmindedly forgotten.
I could click a link to read an article about natural hair and it turns out it doesn’t apply to me at all because its about fros and the styles you can do wit them, and not at all about locs.
Like wow, I didn’t know locs weren’t in that group.
I think it has a lot to do with the psychology of being natural. This is actually something I’ve given a lot of thought, as I have several times over considered loc(k)ing my hair and decided against it.
Part of the reason behind that is that wearing my hair naturally (in an afro, a nappy one at that which I do not attempt to manipulate to resemble the curl and wave pattern of latino and mixed race people), although it shouldn’t have to be, is inherently political. By walking down the street with my hair in all of its nappy glory I am both literally and figuratively standing up and against the Eurocentric standard of beauty which says: if it isn’t straight it isn’t right, oh and why don’t you throw a little bleach in there too! Maybe even add someone else’s hair in there while your at it!
My existence as a natural woman, defies that fallacious standard on the daily.
Locs ARE ABSOLUTELY natural because there is no chemical processing and also because if I were to leave my afro untouched it would eventually loc by itself anyway… NATURALLY. It should then be considered and included in the same category as afro hair; however, the fact still remains that many of the properties and characteristics of locs still coincide with this Eurocentric ideal: locs, unlike afros fall and flow much in the same manner as white hair (this applies more to styled locs than free forming, mind you). This likeness to the Eurocentric ideal is what, for me, has kept me from loc(k)ing my hair. Wearing my hair in an afro is both a natural and active resistance to those standards; whereas, forming locs unintentionally acquiesces to those standards.
Therefor, there is more of a necessity for people with afros to form communities and share with one another about their hair, hair journeys and experiences because it is so outside of, unique and unlike the standard. Locs can, for the most part, be styled in the same way as white hair (ponytails, buns etc.); whereas for afros, there is a need to create a space to explore the possibilities of what our hair can do, how we can take care of it and treat it properly.
I’m not sure if I answered your questions or just aired out my own thoughts but this is something I have been thinking about for a while. Interested in what you think of this, I’m open to hearing other opinions.
This was the first thing I saw upon existing the tube in London, England.
A lot of people have been surprised by my post on what my experiences have been living in England as a Black woman. Most have expressed sympathy and have empathized with my situation; others have come to the conclusion that it is simply the city of Manchester, the college town I am in, filled with thousands of young people which breeds such ignorance.
I don’t want people to have such a terrible view of Manchester, there is a lot this place has to offer outside of some of the horrible encounters I’ve had. I also want to make it known that this has not been an isolated experience. It is not a matter of Northern England vs Middle and Southern England.
To be quite honest I wanted to kiss the ground when I came back from London and stepped off of the bus in Manchester. There, in Central London, not only did I encounter much of the same fetishistic racism and sexism, but I was also being judged by my class. London was actually the straw. I am sure the story I write about it will be the most intense as it was the night I spent in London when a man, drunk off of his privilege, held my face between his hands and kissed my mouth; without permission or fear of repercussion.
Dear Tom from London, if you ever see this: Fuck you.
To be honest. I think it has A LOT to do with the fact that you have a fro. When an ungodly percentage of black womyn have perms/weaves/pressed hair, or even if natural, often locs that still fall and flow like straight hair. I only say this because its not just about you being black or natural (not that that isn’t the HUGE CORE of the deal) but these people are not at all used to a living breathing fro in front of them. Seriously. (That is seriously and frighteningly indicative of white privilege and how much white beauty standards have penetrated us, to the point where people find fros wildly exotic because they never, ever see them, because almost all of us get rid of them, even though that is how our hair grows out of our heads.) Anyway, I say all this to say that people who are telling you this is just happening to you and it is isolated or only happens where you’re at or whatever, probably aren’t people with fros. Or the combination of a fro and a body and face that society would Sara Baartman like people do yours.
You are a heavily curved womyn, with an unmistakable beauty, and all of that in combination with a black expression/identity they are not at all used to seeing, provokes all this disgustingness. People should consider that before the tell you you’re making shit up, or that it is “isolated.”
Matter of fact, people need to stop trying to make fucking excuses and recognize this as a disgusting occurrence that needs to end. Period. All the eroticizing and fetishizing and whatnot. This is nothing that needs and excuse, people ought to be fucking outraged. Period.
^Yes! To the critical commentary. I bolded for emphasis. I totally agree with you.
Disclaimer: This is not poetic, beautiful, proofread, meant to be in a magazine or book. These thoughts are as raw as the wounds…
I’m black and European and I’ve lived in England for 4 years and I disagree , most people don’t really care what colour you are over here .If you want to see how it is , then go have your own experience and make your own opinion , don’t rely on one argument to dictate what you think of a whole country.I’m not saying her point is invalid because the poor girl obviously had this bad experience but it would be highly dangerous to take conclusions too quickly…I mean I don’t mind if you want to stay in America for ever but Idk , give the world a go…
^Maylyhyn, As you have had the same reaction as many other people I would just like to take this opportunity to reiterate that this has been MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE, the things that have happened to me have a lot to do with who I am as a person, how I look as an individual: a point that I tried to express throughout my blog post. I certainly did not write that to scare or deter anyone from travelling. I was simply writing about my personal experiences.
Also, as much as I have been through hard times here, I have also had some amazing moments and if given the choice again, I would still choose to travel. What I wouldn’t and did not choose, was the way that some people reacted to/treated me.
As a matter of fact, what has happened to me in England hasn’t shaken me to the point of being broken. I am scarred, yes, but I am alive and will continue to live and do and see the things that I want to. I actually just got back from Amsterdam and loved it and am going travelling next week to Dublin, Ireland / Paris, France / Barcelona, Spain and Florence, Italy. I encourage others to explore the world for themselves, but just be prepared, cautious and aware.